FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
All visitors are subject to search by security forces.
Take note of prohibited items while planning your day at Aviation Nation. Banned items will be confiscated or cause visitors to be turned away at the gate.
• Weapons of any kind including pocket knives, pocket tools, scissors, box cutters, billy clubs, large heavy chain link jewelry or belts, mace and pepper spray
• Firearms of any type
• Toys that resemble firearms, laser pointers
• RC aircraft & drones
• Flammable items and Fireworks
• Pets (except for service animals)
• Spray paint and silly string
• Outside food, coolers, grills, or glass containers
• Glass bottles
• Liquid without factory seal intact (baby bottles are exempt)
• Walkie-talkies, HAM radios, scanners
• Alcohol and illegal drugs
• Bicycles, skateboards, scooters, heelies, roller skates or roller blades, or hover boards
• Excessively large items and bags (the only exceptions are diaper bags, small purses, and small camera bags at or below 21 inches long, 10 inches wide, 10 inches deep)
Possession and use of Marijuana is illegal on Nellis Air Force Base or any federal installation. This includes both recreational and medicinal.
Do not cross any security ropes or line set up on aircraft.
No distribution of religious or political material will be allowed.
• Plastic beverage bottles with factory seal intact (baby bottles exempt)
•Reusable water bottle (empty for security line, free water stations are available inside)
• Hearing protection (especially for children)
•Wagon or lightweight stroller for tired children
•Stadium chair or cushion for free bleacher seating (collapsible camping chairs are fine, but subject to search)
•Food, beverages, and souvenirs will be available for purchase at the event
Although Aviation Nation is the largest free event in Nevada, visitors may want to bring cash as many booths selling food, beverages, and souvenirs will be open for business.
General admission and parking is free. Public parking is located at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway, visitors will use round-trip shuttle bus transportation to and from Nellis Air Force Base.
Due to security precautions, the recommended access route to the show for the general public is via the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. The general public must process through security lines and then ride buses to and from Nellis Air Force Base. No privately owned vehicles without Department of Defense identification will be allowed on Nellis Air Force Base.
THERE WILL BE NO PARKING ON NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE. ALL PUBLIC PARKING IS AT THE LAS VEGAS MOTOR SPEEDWAY.
Las Vegas Motor Speedway
7000 Las Vegas Blvd.
Las Vegas, NV 89115.
Handicapped Parking - A handicapped parking area will be designated at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway, and handicapped-accessible shuttle buses will be provided. To access the handicapped parking area, please ensure the vehicle has current government-issued handicapped parking permits.
A handicapped parking area will be designated at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway, and handicapped-accessible shuttle buses will be provided. To access the handicapped parking area, please ensure the vehicle has current government-issued handicapped parking permits. Parking is free.
General admission to the show is free - a ticket is not required for entry.
Air Show Network VIP Experience options are available for purchase. For an upgraded air show viewing experience, please visit our tickets page.
Yes. Strollers will be hand-searched at the security checkpoint. Please bring only necessary items in the diaper bag, subject to hand-search at the security checkpoint. Also please consider bringing hearing protection for small children.
Yes. There are no security restrictions on these items. However, large camera bags are not permitted. Bring only necessary camera equipment, leaving extra attachments at home. A small fanny pack or vest is useful for carrying small lenses. Keep in mind that everything is subject to search.
Small snacks are fine as long as they are not in glass containers. In addition, no ice chests or coolers (except small coolers for medical supplies or infant formula purposes,) nor bags larger than a small purse, fanny pack, backpack and Camelbaks will be allowed. All items brought are subject to approval by gate security personnel and are hand-searched at security checkpoint.
Yes. There will be concessions at the air expo for food, drinks, and souvenirs.
Yes. You may leave and re-enter as many times as needed. However, anyone re-entering will have to go through the shuttle bus line and security checkpoints again.
Yes, but only in designated areas and not on the flight line.
You can purchase them at concessions, but you cannot transport them onto base.
No, this event is open to the public.
Yes. Portable restrooms will be located throughout the air expo grounds.
Yes. Many of the performers make themselves available for autographs and pictures during the show.
Due to the nature of the event, it is highly encouraged you bring hearing protection – especially for children. There will be a number of aircraft taking off, landing, and performing, which will be extremely loud.
Both! The Thunderbirds will perform their amazing demonstrations both days, weather permitting.
There are limited areas of shade available throughout the flight line. You can take a walk through one of our larger static displays to get a break from the sun, as well as a few open hangars featuring displays.
In the event of rain, some flying demonstrations may be delayed. However, unless the weather poses a serious threat to the safety of the visitors and participants, the show will proceed as scheduled with some modifications. In the event of an Air Show cancellation, announcements will be coordinated with local news agencies as well as a recorded message available on the Nellis Straight Talk Hotline at (702) 652-7469 with more information as it becomes available.
Small rain umbrellas are fine to bring (the small ones that fit in a purse), but large golf umbrellas or shade umbrellas are banned as they may block the view of spectators behind you.
First aid only will be provided such as oral hydration, treatment for minor cuts and bruises, and application of emergency medications (ex. Epi-pens). Medical personnel will stabilize and coordinate transportation to higher level of care for all other injuries/illnesses.
For information regarding the VIP Experience seating, please call (725) 465-1999
For more information about the event, not related to tickets, please call the Nellis Public Affairs office at (702) 679-0969, or email us at 57WG.PA.CommunityEngagement@us.af.mil.